GLENDALE, Calif. — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today released its “Most Wanted Holiday Toys List,” featuring its Disney Dozen Deals – toys that bring Disney’s rich storytelling heritage home for the holidays for less than $25, plus six standouts for the most discerning gift-givers. Already garnering top honors and awards from media and organizations including FunFare, FamilyFun, iParenting and the National Association of Parenting Publications, Disney toys will delight boys and girls of all ages and bring to life the magic of its beloved characters and storylines for a cheerful holiday season.
The Most Wanted Holiday Toys list is inspired by the latest entertainment content including the upcoming theatrical release of The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s enchanting 2D animated film which introduces the newest Disney Princess character, Tiana; Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the second installment in the popular Disney Fairies series now available on Disney Blu-ray and DVD; the Disney-Pixar Toy Story Definitive collection which replicates Andy’s favorites friends featured in the film, all the way down to the scale size and packaging; the Cars and Cars Toons die-cast line, which has sold more than 140 million cars to date gets a new twist with lenticular eyes and a neon light up feature; plus the popular Playhouse Disney preschool series on Disney Channel Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Handy Manny.
Disney’s Most Wanted Holiday Toys are now available at national retailers, Disney Store and www.DisneyStore.com.
Playhouse Disney will usher in the holiday season with new themed episodes of “Special Agent Oso,” “Imagination Movers” and “Jungle Junction,” beginning SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 (8:00–11:00 a.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The month-long programming event includes the television premiere of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
New episodes include:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
“Special Agent Oso” (8:00 a.m. ET/PT) – In “For Your Ice Only/Coldfingers,” Special Agent Oso puts his Keeping Your Balance Training Exercise on hold and glides in to help Carina learn to ice skate in time for a friend’s birthday party, and then helps some friends learn how to make a snowman.
“Imagination Movers” (10:00 a.m. ET/PT) – In “Happy Ha-Ha-Holidays,” it’s Christmas Eve and Santa seems to have lost his jolly ho-ho-ho. The Movers must get to the bottom of the problem and help Santa restore his laugh in time for Christmas.
“Jungle Junction” (10:30 a.m. ET/PT) – In “The Night Before Zipsmas/A Gift for Zooter,” as Miss Jolly shares a classic holiday tale, the Wheelers go on a nighttime ride to try to get a glimpse of Ellysanta, and Ellyvan sets out to give Zooter the perfect gift.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland” (9:00 a.m. ET/PT) – When Donald’s birthday gift for Daisy – a mechanical cuckoo bird – flies away, Mickey and pals go on a wild, imaginative “Alice in Wonderland”-styled adventure to retrieve the runaway gift.
“Imagination Movers” (10:00 a.m. ET/PT) – In “Snow Day,” when Nina and the Movers get snowed in at the Warehouse, Dave creates a Super Snow Vacuum to suck up the snow blocking the front door. When the vacuum bag bursts, it leaves the Warehouse filled with snow and the Movers with the task of figuring out how to melt the snow.
Fairy Tale Themed Episodes of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ and ‘Imagination Movers’ to Premiere November 14
Disney Channel will premiere new fairy tale-themed episodes of the hit Playhouse Disney series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Imagination Movers” on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT). Disney Channel stars Nicole Anderson (“JONAS”) and Jason Dolley (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Hatching Pete”) guest star in the new “Imagination Movers” episode.
In the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episode entitled “Mickey and the Enchanted Egg,” Mickey finds an egg which soon hatches a baby dragon. Determined to protect the baby dragon and bring it back to its home, Mickey and pals must convince Wizard Pete that they did not steal his egg. The episode was written by Ashley Mendoza and directed by Sherrie Pollack and Broni Likomanov.
In the “Imagination Movers” episode entitled “A Fairy Tale Ending,” the Movers must convince Cinderella to go home and back to her story so she can have her fairy tale ending with Prince Charming. The episode features the debut of new original song “When You Grow Up.” “A Fairy Tale Ending” was written by Randi Barnes & Rick Gitelson & Scott Gray & Michael G. Stern; the episode was directed by Linda Mendoza.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mickey Mouse paid a visit to Kansas City this weekend, Walt Disney’s hometown, as he celebrated the unveiling of a traveling art exhibit that pays homage to Walt’s lifelong love of trains. He also unveiled the latest Mickey Mouse-inspired toy train set, Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo, releasing in time for the holidays. Local preschoolers along with Kansas City officials and hundreds of fans saw Mickey off as he kicked off his virtual train tour departing Union Station for Los Angeles, where he will arrive just in time for a viewing party showcasing the upcoming Disney Channel primetime special, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express airing Sunday, October 25th (7:00-7:45 p.m. ET/PT).
Families and their kids can track Mickey’s travels online at www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, where they can now view the debut of “Mickey’s Evolution,” a video retrospective that reminds us why Mickey Mouse is a bona fide global icon. Fans can also follow Mickey’s virtual train tour on www.Twitter.com/DisneyLiving, and on Facebook, search word: Disney Living, as he makes his way to the Travel Town Railroad Museum in Los Angeles.
The Art Exhibit
The exhibit captures the history of Walt’s and Mickey’s love of trains with a nod to life on the railroad in the early 20th century. Introducing visitors to rare animation art, historic photography and some of Walt’s personal train-related artifacts, the gallery tells the story of a simpler time when Mickey and friends traveled by rail and Walt himself was building one-of-a-kind miniature railroads in his backyard for friends and family. Including photographs of Walt riding the “Lilly Belle” or Mickey rushing to catch a train in an early animation sketch from Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip, this unique art collection comprised of nearly two dozen pieces, will be on display at Union Station from October 10-11, 2009; select images will then move to the Travel Town Railroad Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.
A primetime special for preschoolers and their families, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express,” starring Disney’s beloved Sensational Six – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Pluto – premieres SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 (7:00-7:45 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. In the colorful special of this Emmy Award-nominated series, Mickey and pals climb aboard the Clubhouse Choo Choo Train for a snow-filled adventure. Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band They Might Be Giants and the Sensational Six themselves each perform a new song in the special.
A full-length preview becomes available on SVOD on Cablevision, Time Warner and Verizon FiOS TV on Monday, October 5. Mobile providers Sprint TV and MobiTV will simulcast the special in conjunction with the television premiere. Beginning Monday, October 26, the special will be available at Disney.com/Mickey and on mobile VOD for AT&T CV, Sprint TV and Verizon V Cast customers. In addition, PlayhouseDisney.com will launch a new game, “The Choo Choo Express.”
In “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express,” Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto are putting together the Clubhouse Choo Choo Train to help Professor Von Drake deliver loads of his special non-melting “Easy Freezy Snow” from Mistletoe Mountain to the Clubhouse so they can play in the snow year-round. Clubhouse pals Clarabelle, her pup Bella, Chip and Dale, and special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus also join in the fun.
Playhouse Disney’s #1 preschool series, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” celebrates Pluto with a marathon spotlighting Mickey’s loyal pal, SATURDAY, AUG. 29 (7:00–10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The marathon includes the premiere of a new episode, “Pluto’s Playmate” (9:00 a.m., ET/PT), which was inspired by the original 1941 Pluto cartoon of the same name featuring Salty the seal.
In “Pluto’s Playmate,” Mickey, Pluto and pals teach Clubhouse visitor Salty the seal some new tricks for his debut in Mickey’s Circus. The marathon schedule is:
7:00 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto to the Rescue!”
7:30 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Puppy-Sitting Adventure”
8:00 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Ball”
8:30 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Best”
9:00 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Playmate”
9:30 a.m. ET/PT ”Pluto’s Bubble Bath”
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” regularly airs weekdays at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. ET/PT, and weekends at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Mickey’s beloved pal Pluto made his film debut in 1930 as a nameless bloodhound in “The Chain Gang.” Later that year he played Minnie’s dog, Rover, in “The Picnic.” He was officially known as Mickey’s dog, Pluto, in “The Moose Hunt” (1931). Pluto starred alongside Mickey in numerous shorts, including the Academy Award-winning “Lend a Paw” (1941), and later teamed with Donald Duck on a number of shorts. Pluto made his feature film debut in 1988′s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”